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Nov 2, 2016
This week’s theme
Words made with combining forms

This week’s words
hippology
hypogeal
xerophilic
steganography
nidicolous

cactus, a xerophilic plant
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xerophilic

PRONUNCIATION:
(zee-ruh-FIL-ik)

MEANING:
adjective: Adapted to a very dry or desert environment.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek xero- (dry) + -philic (liking). Earliest documented use: 1961.

USAGE:
“Hall went on in a delightful voice, ‘The cantrip is a tonic extract of a rare, xerophilic plant.’”
Christopher James Dubey; Assignment Yggdrasil; Andrews UK; 2014.

See more usage examples of xerophilic in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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